Living Vicariously As A Peripatetic Shutterbug

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In summer a rice paddie, in winter … something else

It’s winter in Tana, Madagascar, which means smoke, dust and smog lie like an ugly veil over the city; summer-green rice paddies slumber fallow and brown, waiting for the dry season to pass. All this produces the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, but does nothing for my allergies.

Speaking of the rice paddies: many do indeed lie in wait of summer, but many are turned to a different labour – given no time to rest and recuperate before the next season’s crops are planted. So desperate are their owners to make money year-round that they lease their paddies to brick-makers. Once upon a time Madagascar’s paddies were able to produce some of the longest-grained rice in the world, three or four times a season. Now, after years of use as brick-works, and general abuse and misuse, this is no longer the case.

Making bricks by hand is back-breaking, hot, filthy work for the teams of men, women and children. But, as is often the case, my camera was able to elicit many a smile from the workers.

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2 comments on “In summer a rice paddie, in winter … something else

  1. Gen
    July 3, 2015

    Your images are always so beautiful, expressive and raw. Lovely work!

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